What does your Palmetto Dunes vacation look like? Maybe you’re a sports buff drawn to our golf courses on Hilton Head Island, our tennis courts, or our outstanding outdoor activities. Maybe you’re looking for a secluded escape for two, filled with hazy Southern days and romantic Lowcountry nights. Maybe you’re looking for a vacation destination that the whole family will enjoy.
This February we’re showcasing all that Palmetto Dunes Oceanfront Resort offers by showing off three ways to make the most of your Hilton Head Island vacation. Starting February 6, Alex from our social media team will be sharing three incredible itineraries at Palmetto Dunes. She’ll be live updating our social media profiles with all of her adventures so make sure you’re following us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
Of course, we’re always offering vacation ideas and travel tips on our blog so be sure to check back to hear all about Alex’s experiences on Hilton Head Island. Stay tuned and enter to win your favorite itinerary to see Palmetto Dunes your way. That’s right! We’re giving away a jam-packed Palmetto Dunes vacation based on one of our itineraries. There’s no shortage of things to do on Hilton Head Island and when you combine our vacation expertise with our laid back Lowcountry lifestyle, planning the perfect vacation is easy as can be.
Hi, I’m Alex and I can’t wait to share some of Palmetto Dunes’ most memorable vacation experiences with you! Do you have any favorite activities, restaurants or Hilton Head Island views that you think should be included on the ultimate Palmetto Dunes itinerary? Share them in the comments or on our Facebook page.
Hilton Head Island is the perfect place for a restful retreat any time of year, but it’s during the hectic holiday season that you can appreciate most the peace of a Palmetto Dunes vacation with loved ones. De-stress with a laidback Lowcountry New Year’s Eve in Hilton Head Island, named Coastal Living's 2015 list of the best places to spend New Year's!
Drive straight into 2017 with a game on one of our Championship golf courses. We can’t think of a better way to ring in the New Year than by aiming for an ace at our recently reopened Robert Trent Jones and Arthur Hills golf courses. Check out our vacation packages for ways to save on your last golf getaway of 2016.
Treat yourself to a luxurious spa experience and greet 2017 fresh-faced, relaxed, and ready to tackle anything. Hotel spas within Palmetto Dunes offer anything from full-body massage treatments and facials to manicures and make-up application so you can look extra special should you step out on New Year’s Eve. Hurry tickets are almost sold out.
If you are looking to get out and celebrate, you’ve got plenty of New Year’s Eve events on Hilton Head to choose from. The Rooftop Bar at Poseidon located at Shelter Cove Towne Center will be ringing in the New Year in style with Whitley Deputy & The B-Town Project. Purchase general admission tickets of reserve tables or VIP booths.
If you’re looking for dinner with a view, head to Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina where several restaurants, including ELA’s Blu Water Grille and Bucci’s Italian Cuisine, are offering special New Year’s Eve menus. Reservations are highly recommended! New Year’s Eve is also your last opportunity to enjoy the festive lights at Shelter Cove Harbour & Marina and to enter our #ShelterCoveChristmas contest, which ends January 2.
Whether you’re looking to ring in 2017 to the beat of live music or to the sounds of the ocean waves, Palmetto Dunes is the perfect place to be this New Year’s Eve. Call 866-744-7558 or search vacation rental availability here to book your Hilton Head Island vacation.
If you’ve visited Palmetto Dunes, then you know that the resort’s best nachos can only be found at Big Jim’s BBQ, Burgers & Pizza. A casual meal at this family-friendly restaurant is the perfect way to unwind after a game of golf on the Robert Trent Jones golf course. Thanks to its big screen TVs it’s also a go-to place for guests and locals alike to cheer on their favorite sports teams all year around.
If you’re looking for things to do on Hilton Head Island this autumn, there are tons of reasons to visit Palmetto Dunes in the fall! Golf season is still in full swing and packages like our Players Golf Special make for a perfect weekend of fall golf. Thanks to our pet-friendly vacation rentals, you can even bring your pet with you on your fall getaway to Palmetto Dunes. Beautiful beach sunsets, unique events like Music & Taste, and of course delicious dining are waiting for you this fall, and all year round, on Hilton Head Island.
In the meantime, you can bring the taste of Palmetto Dunes to your table with our authentic Big Jim’s Brisket Nacho recipe! Smoky beef brisket, fresh pico de gallo and spicy jalapenos make this no ordinary plate of nachos. Next time you’re settling down to watch a game whip up a batch of Big Jim’s famous brisket nachos! It’s sure to become a fan favorite.
There are few experiences as authentically Lowcountry as the Oyster Roast. Cooking outdoors, good friends, fresh local seafood, the Oyster Roast is our way of ushering in the fall and winter, and of having the kind of casual good time one can only enjoy on Hilton Head Island.
If you’d like to bring some Lowcountry flair to your next gathering, host your own oyster roast! Here’s how:
Get some fresh oysters. On Hilton Head Island, and throughout the Lowcountry, clusters of oysters are typically used for oyster roasts. Around here, the oysters are often so fresh they’re still covered in mud! However, individual oysters are more likely what you'll be able to find at home. Plan for 10-12 oysters per person.
Get fired up. Open fire pits may be the tradition for our oyster roasts, but your backyard grill will do just fine. Place a large iron plate or piece of sheet metal on top of your grill and crank up the heat. Test your temperature by sprinkling a few drops of water onto your piece of metal—if it sizzles upon contact you’ll know it’s time to…
Get cooking! Lay your oysters onto your iron plate and cover with a thoroughly damp piece of burlap. It’s best to avoid any synthetic fibers, so make sure your burlap is the real deal. For added flavor, douse your burlap with some local beer.
Get steamy. As soon as your damp burlap hits the heat, it should start to steam. If, as you cook the burlap starts to dry and the steam starts to die down, dump a liberal amount of ice on top of your burlap oyster pile. As it melts, it will create steam to help the oysters cook. The oysters are essentially cooking in their own juices, which is what makes them so incredibly delicious! The steam from the burlap and ice helps this process along.
Get shucking. After 8-10 minutes your oyster shells should have opened slightly, meaning they’re ready to eat! Use a shovel to take them off the grill and Let them cool for a couple of minutes before carefully shucking the oysters.
Now you’re ready to eat! Serve your oysters alongside saltine crackers, with cocktail sauce or fresh lemon juice, or, enjoy their succulent, briny flavor on its own. A Lowcountry oyster roast can last all night long, with pile after pile of delicious, steamed oysters being loaded on and off the grill.
Oyster roasts are a fantastic excuse to get a group of people together to enjoy simple Lowcountry cooking, fresh seafood, and good company. There’s no such thing as “too many people” at an oyster roast on Hilton Head Island. Don’t believe us? Come on down to The Dunes House on Saturday, November 26 for our annual Dunes House Oyster Roast! Live music, beer and menu specials, and of course, oysters, oysters and more oysters! Between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, call 843-686-9143.
There’s something very special about the Lowcountry lifestyle that defines coastal South Carolina. Lowcountry is more than a geographical region, it’s a unique way of living with a culture and cuisine all its own. It’s part of what makes a vacation at Palmetto Dunes so special, and it’s worth cultivating all year long!
Now that your summer vacation on Hilton Head Island has come to a close, and while you start planning your return trip to Palmetto Dunes, embrace our Lowcountry lifestyle with these easy tips.
Enjoy the small things in life.
Embracing the Lowcountry lifestyle is all about taking the time to enjoy the small things in life. It’s easy to stop and enjoy a stunning Hilton Head Island sunset or wake up early for a sunrise stroll on our white sand beaches while you’re in “vacation mode” at Palmetto Dunes, however, our busy lives and hectic schedules often push us through the day without so much as a pause.
Similarly, there’s nothing more pleasant for a Lowcountry local than a few quiet minutes sitting on a front porch. In fact, some residents would tell you it’s best to spend an afternoon just relaxing and enjoying the slow pace of life we have here on Hilton Head Island.
Cultivate the appreciation you feel while in the Lowcountry. Wake up a few minutes earlier to look out at the sky and take a deep breath. Enjoy the simple pleasure of that first sip of coffee in the morning. Take a walk after dinner and leave your cellphone at home. It just takes a few minutes’ pause to enjoy life’s small moments and feel as relaxed and laid back as a warm southern summer breeze.
Celebrate the great outdoors.
*Bike photo via @cmlaskowski, kayaks via @anoushka_unknown, tree via Charlie M.
We think you’ll agree that the natural surroundings of Hilton Head Island are truly spectacular. Hilton Head Outfitters makes it easy to bike along the island’s white, sandy beaches and oak tree-lined streets, or paddle along the Palmetto Dunes lagoon system and other coastal inlets and estuaries. But just because you’re not enjoying all of the outdoor activities Palmetto Dunes has to offer doesn’t mean you can’t get out and enjoy nature in your neighborhood. Find a local park to visit on the weekend, or even take the time to enjoy the shade from a tree-lined boulevard in your town.
If you really want to surround yourself with the natural scenery of the Lowcountry, place a photo or piece of local art on your wall, so an escape to Hilton Head Island is a mere glance away. There are some incredible art galleries and artisans’ shops at Shelter Cove Harbour and Marina, so be sure to stop in on your next Palmetto Dunes vacation to pick a Hilton Head view to call your own.
Serve up some Lowcountry cuisine.
*Shrimp via @dath_annabeth
South Carolina Lowcountry has a unique cuisine with influences from North Africa, the Caribbean, and traditional Southern and Native American dishes. Inspired by the area’s agricultural history and coastal landscape, rice and seafood are staples found often in Lowcountry dishes.
There are plenty of ways to sample Lowcountry flavors at Palmetto Dunes. Try traditional shrimp’n grits or good old-fashioned Southern Barbecue at Big Jim’s, or head to Alexander’s Restaurant for Lowcountry crab cakes. End a day of exploring, shopping, and entertainment at Shelter Cove Harbour with gumbo and fresh oysters at Scott’s Fish Market or a decadent seafood entrée at Ela’s Blu Water Grille.
We know you'll be yearning for Hilton Head Island's Lowcountry fare, so why not embrace the Lowcountry lifestyle by indulging in some fresh seafood every now and again, or adding ‘peas and rice’ as a side dish at your next meal? A key ingredient of Lowcountry cooking is a casual approach. It's all about good ingredients and sharing a meal with good friends.
Get inspired by Lowcountry Architecture.
You may have noticed while biking around Hilton Head Island, that many of the houses have an architectural style all their own. This Lowcountry style of architecture dates back to the 1700s, and its features are rooted in practicality. Many homes are made of timber and constructed on pillars to keep the main floor away from rising tides, storm surges, and swampy land. Broad roofs and large, covered front porches are another signature of this style. Some of our rental vacation homes are built this way, and many feature large windows, another Lowcountry architectural signature that lets beautiful views and ocean breezes in, and warm air out.
While constructing a new porch may be unrealistic, simple touches of wood, sea-inspired accents, and a classic rocking chair by the window are easy ways to inject a bit of Lowcountry into your home décor.
Social media makes it easier than ever to stay connected to the Lowcountry vibes of Palmetto Dunes. Follow us on Twitter or Instagram to see glimpses of life on Hilton Head Island all throughout the year, right in the palm of your hand! Sign up for emails from us, and check our blog to keep tabs on what’s happening at the resort. You can even catch a glimpse of current weather conditions and Lowcountry views on our webcams!
*Photo via Alex R.
The laidback atmosphere of the Lowcountry lifestyle is a huge part of life on Hilton Head Island and embracing this lifestyle is a sure fire way to bring some relaxing vacation vibes into your everyday life. Once you've embraced the Lowcountry lifestyle, you'll be more than ready for your next vacation to Palmetto Dunes.
What an incredible summer it’s been at Palmetto Dunes. From fantastic family-friendly events and outdoor adventures to delicious meals and lazy beach days, there really is no better place to spend your summer than Hilton Head Island.
This summer we got to see Palmetto Dunes through your eyes with our #PDSummer Instagram Challenge. For the past 14 weeks we’ve loved checking out your #PDSummer pics and watching you make the most of a vacation on Hilton Head Island, Travel & Leisure’s #1 Island in the Continental U.S.
Congratulations to all of our winners, and thank you to every single one of you who entered this year.
We’ve already shared some of our favorite #PDSummer entries, but y’all shared so many outstanding photos, that we couldn’t help but share some more!
One thing is for sure: Hilton Head Island is a beautiful place to vacation. A number of your entries really showcased the beautiful views that are everywhere at Palmetto Dunes! Whether photographing our white sand beaches, golf courses, or lagoon, you captured our stunning surroundings expertly!
Instagrammer @1madmom shared her beach and pool view with her entry during our “Cheers to Summer” week.
This “Totes y’all” entry from @cate_fitz shows off her cute beach tote and the beautiful waves of the beach at Palmetto Dunes.
We love this amazing rainbow photo by @chrishart_liveloveclick, showing off the views from the tee, and this lagoon pic shared by @karengannon on our “Fourth of July Fun” week.
If you’ve ever stayed at Palmetto Dunes, you know how breathtaking our sunsets can be. The photos you shared for our “Summer Sunsets” theme blew us away and we love how many of them captured the beauty of our beachfront, such as these photos shared by @glendamethvin, @mrdomie, and @palmettotides.
Palmetto Dunes is the perfect place for a family vacation. Our home and villa rentals provide enough space for everyone and are the perfect home base for a summer getaway to Hilton Head Island. All summer long our golf and tennis experts held clinics and lessons for family members of all ages and levels. Our friends at Hilton Head Outfitters provided bikes, canoes, kayaks, surfboards, and more, so you and your family could get outdoors and enjoy Hilton Head Island’s incredible natural surroundings.
There’s nothing like frolicking in the waves at Palmetto Dunes’ beach. We love this fun photo shared by @taffetatulips.
Palmetto Dunes welcomes all family members! @maxwellalexanderl shared this beautiful family portrait, including “fur babies.”
Spending time together is truly what makes a family vacation special, and there are so many ways to do so at Palmetto Dunes! Guest @rayboy55 shared this photo of his family enjoying a sweet treat, and it looks like @hollypaddles and her family had a great time heading out for a boat tour.
There’s nothing like a delicious meal to bring people together, and the food at Palmetto Dunes can’t be beat! From relaxed views at The Dunes House, to decadent desserts, to beach picnics, y’all proved that good eats are an important part of a great vacation!
Everybody loves the food and drinks at The Dunes House! We think @bburgwyn and @amy_margaret01 perfectly captured this beachfront hotspot. Then there were food photos that had our mouths watering, like these shared by user @tdubhokie.
What is your favorite memory from your summer stay at Palmetto Dunes? Tell us in the comments! If all of these photos have you wishing you were back on Hilton Head Island, start planning a return trip! Our vacation packages offer something for everyone, from golf addicts to Pokémon Go players. For even more vacation inspiration, follow us on Instagram to see stunning Palmetto Dunes photos all year long!
Everybody knows that one of the best ways to celebrate summer is with a round of refreshing summer cocktails with friends. The Dunes House's laid-back, beachfront atmosphere is the perfect place to "sip back" and relax with a beautiful view, delicious food, and a smashing drink!
All summer long at The Dunes House we’ve been serving up casual beachside fare, like our famous fish tacos, family-friendly classics including burgers and hot dogs fresh from the grill, and of course, our signature frozen drinks.
Keep the summer vibes of Palmetto Dunes alive well into fall by whipping up a batch of one of The Dunes House's most popular summer drinks – The Tiger Paw. With flavors of peach, pineapple, and strawberry, all you'll have to do is take a sip, close your eyes and transport yourself back to the beaches on Hilton Head Island.
Recipe: (makes 1 14 ounce drink)
1.5 ounce peach vodka
2 ounces mango puree
2 ounces strawberry puree
1 cup ice
Mix in a blender and serve garnished with an orange slice and a cherry.
Happy August everyone! It’s been an incredible summer here on Hilton Head Island, and one of our favorite parts has been enjoying all of the amazing photos y’all have shared for our #PDSummer Instagram challenge!
We’ve issued 12 Instagram challenges so far, and you have been up to the task! We thought we’d share some of our favorite entries: breathtaking photos, creative snaps and good old-fashioned fun, all with a dose of southern sunshine. Your Instagram photos have perfectly captured summer at Palmetto Dunes.
Our most popular theme so far has been Stunning Sunrises. If you’ve been to Hilton Head Island before, you know that the sunrises on the beach are worth waking up for, and we think these images prove it.
Hilton Head Island is famous for its spectacular beaches, and whether you’re enjoying a good book, picnicking in the sun or feeling the sand between your toes, you know how to take advantage of the beautiful beaches at Palmetto Dunes.
Some have you have gotten quite creative with your entries, and we love it. Check out these #PDSummer pics featuring a one-of-a-kind travel companion, and a sandcastle that’s one for the books!
There are so many things to do when you're on vacation at Palmetto Dunes! Hilton Head Outfitters offers beach chairs, bikes, canoes and more, for exploring all of Hilton Head Island, from our bike trails to beach paths to remarkable lagoon system.
Of course, there are also our tennis and golf facilities – each a perfect way to spend a summer afternoon! Here are some of our favorite submissions from people enjoying all of Palmetto Dunes’ summer activities.
Summer isn’t over yet, and we’ve got more fun themes for our Instagram Challenge. Next up is Cheers To Summer, so get ready to show us your favorite summer drinks. Check out the rest of our #PDSummer themes:
August 11: Totes Y’all – Beach Totes
August 18: Summer Sunsets
August 25: Family Fun
September 1: Dog Days Of Summer
Here’s to summer adventure at Palmetto Dunes! Share your #PDSummer photo for a chance to win. For full contest details visit: www.palmettodunes.com/hilton-head-resort-blog/introducing-palmetto-dunes-summer-instagram-challengeresort-blog/
Palmetto Dunes guests share incredible Instagram photos. Why? Because they’re having the most fun in the most beautiful place!
If you’re vacationing at Palmetto Dunes this summer, we have a challenge for you; The Palmetto Dunes Summer Instagram Challenge!
How the contest works:
Every Thursday morning this summer, we’ll announce a theme. If you’re staying at the resort, snap a photo fitting that theme and post it to Instagram with the hashtag #PDsummer. Each week, one lucky Instagrammer will win a Palmetto Dunes gift card!
The Palmetto Dunes Summer Instagram Challenge themes are:
May 26-June 1: Beach Reads
June 2-8: Picnicking
June 9-15: Stunning Sunrises
June 16-22: Love Tennis
June 23-29: Life’s Better Barefoot
June 30-July 6: Fourth of July Fun
July 7-13: Ice Cream and Popsicles
July 14-20: On the Water
July 21-27: Fore!
July 28-August 3: Lowcountry Food
August 4-10: Cheers To Summer
August 11-17: Totes Y’all – Beach Totes
August 18-24: Summer Sunsets
August 25-31: Family Fun
September 1-7: Dog Days of Summer
Ready, set, ‘gram! And don’t forget to follow Palmetto Dunes on Instagram.
Part of our new ‘How-to’ series on the Palmetto Dunes Blog. Check back each month for more how-tos on making the most of your Palmetto Dunes vacation and having the ultimate lowcountry experience!
Draping live oak trees, miles of unspoiled beaches and picture-perfect sunsets make Hilton Head Island the ideal setting for a romantic escape. With Valentine’s Day on the horizon, here’s how to plan the perfect romantic couple’s getaway at Palmetto Dunes.
Enjoy activity and adventure for two
At Palmetto Dunes, there are so many ways to spend the day with your special someone. Enjoy precious alone time riding a bicycle built for two along miles of paved bike paths across the island, or by taking a kayak or canoe ride down our peaceful inland lagoon system. Turn up the heat with a playful game of tennis or golf, or cozy up on our beautiful beaches with the sound of waves crashing in the background. Whatever your activity, enjoying time together can’t help but ignite the flame between you.
Find time for rest, relaxation and romance
Pamper your partner with a rejuvenating spa treatment at the Ocean Tides Spa at the Omni Hilton Head Oceanfront Resort or Spa Soleil at Hilton Head Marriot Resort and Spa. A couples’ massage is a perfect way to mellow your mood and heighten your senses, setting the tone for an evening of romance.
Tantalize your taste buds
They say that the way to the heart is through the stomach and with so many places to eat on Hilton Head Island, you can awaken both your passion and your palate during your couples vacation. Dine overlooking the beach at the Dunes House or share a romantic dinner with a view of the harbour at one of the many oceanside restaurants at Shelter Cove Harbour.
Adore one another at dusk
There’s nothing quite like gazing at the sunset over the ocean to spark romance. Take a walk along the beach at twilight or join an evening sail aboard a Hilton Head Island cruise, and forget the rest of the world as the sun sets on your perfect day.
Retreat for romance
Nothing quickens the heart like the intimate setting of one of our Oceanview Villas. Retire to your suite and finish off your day with a romantic rendezvous for two.
Need a last minute gift for your Valentine? Don’t worry, you’ll find the perfect present at our Palmetto Dunes and Shelter Cove shops.
To plan a romantic couples vacation to Hilton Head Island, consider our romance packages that combine accommodations, activities and spa services. Want to customize a vacation just for you and your sweetheart? Call us at 866-650-4130.